An offshoot of the award-winning Chicago magazine, Chicago Home + Garden supplies readers with interior and exterior design resources, inspiring city-dwellers and suburbanites alike to refresh domiciles by peering into the creatively crafted dwellings of others. Its info-packed pages have insider insights on where to acquire select pieces within the Bring it Home section, as well as profiles on local design-savvy personalities. The magazine covers its Chicagoland turf with a combination of monthly sections—such as Expert Advice—as well as fascinating feature stories and strategies for entertaining groups of local lake-monsters. Each year’s slate of readertainment also includes an array of special features, from a look at a Bucktown architect's unique abode to guides on transforming houseplants into sculptural focal points, replacing once-chic tin-can replicas of the Thinker.
The doctors and staff at Michigan Avenue Podiatry lend considerable medical expertise to the spa treatments at Salon Sole, combining luxurious pampering with hygienic procedures.In 90-minute visits, fresh, autoclave-sterilized tools trim nails and shape cuticles, guarding tender feet against fungal infections and keeping hypochondriac pinky fingers from hiding in your soup. Technicians throw away all disposable instruments and replace foot-bath liners after one use to eliminate the possibility of contamination. After properly sculpting digit-tips, technicians encase nails in layers of OPI or essie polish, with three layers of prescription anti-fungal medication applied in the course of protecting fingers and toes behind a panoply of chroma. A hot-stone massage elevates visits to more relaxing heights than hot rock climbing.
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Located in a former fire station, Firehouse Grill lures patrons into plush booths and around wooden tables with the culinary siren song of classic comfort fare. Customer favorites include baby back ribs, served with house-smoked barbecue sauce and a side of coleslaw, and beer-battered fish 'n' chips. A full bar lubricates evenings spent chatting, watching TV, or gazing at fire-station-themed paintings of buildings whose roofs, roofs, roofs are on fire.
Some might view an empty city lot overrun with broken bottles, weeds, and loiterers as an eyesore to be avoided. Karen Trout and Laura Michel saw it as an opportunity for action. Thanks to these women, three empty lots—located on the corner of Avers Avenue and Cermak Road in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood—became the Avers Community Garden, a project that won first prize in Placemaking Chicago's 2012 Space in Between contest.
In addition to flourishing gardens where residents grow their own produce, the space hosts educational after-school and summer programs for neighborhood children. These kids help maintain the garden by picking up trash, watering plants, and pulling weeds—but they also have plenty of time to play, thanks to a gravel bike track and, in the future, safe playground equipment.